realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Kyzr poured a dark brown color with almost no head. Aroma was malty with sweet caramel and some chocolate. Flavor had a clean lager yeast with mild hop bitterness and more of a rich sweet malt finish.
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From Ashand, Oregon this poured dark ruby with a tiny brown head and little lacing. Nose of sweet malts. Thin body and nothing like it looks. Flavor is sweet and there are fruits in the finish. Not bad, not good. I am not very expert on the type so don’t know how to compare it on that basis, but I note below both Oakes and Ompher were not impressed.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with kyzr - Pours a clear brown color with a thin light tan head that faded quickly. No lacing. Has a sweet malt aroma. Flavor is very sweet malt with light esters. Medium body. Fairly smooth palate. Not bad. Thanks Mitch.
BrewDad (4774) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle - Johns Market, Portland Oregon]
A great beer. This was a dark brown in color with a small dark head a great malty aroma. A lo of good malty flavors and spicies. I really liked this beer. It was good and had a clear dopple taste.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark with ruby highlights. Almost no head. Rich quality chocolate malt aroma. Flavour does not measure up to the aroma. Sour bitterness up front. Chocolate covered cherries in the middle. Sourness in the finish. Maltiness does grow on you through the bottle.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very dark brown. Rasiny, lightly toffeeish aroma. Fusel character...ack. Chewy, alcohol, fruity with lots of malt and nuts. Get rid of the higher alcohols and fruitiness and it still lacks the sort of bright, complex maltiness that a beer of this style should have.
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2006
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draught at Concordia, Portland. Clear dark ruby. Crystal malt aroma. Sweet with thick, yet hard mouthfeel. Papery and syrupy. I thought doppelbocks were supposed to display a rich malt character and soft mouthfeel, and here we’ve got a doppelbock with shitloads of hard, bleeding crystal malt. Give me a break!
robertburns (15) - westminster, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark red, sweet, rich taste. Sticky toffee with lingering after taste. GOOD.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has some really sweet and rich dark fruits complemented nicely by dark chocolate. The nose does not really match the flavor, the nose is really tame compared to the flavor which I found to be quite complimentary on the palate.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somewhat rich nose of dark smoky wood, perhaps some licorice as well and some dark fruits and nuts as well. Overall a bit of a mild smell, but still complex I would say. Creamy and smooth texture, while still robust and sweet on the tongue with a brown sugar and maple presence contrasted by a more smoky wood and meat flavor. Very sweet and full.